Prof Trevor Taylor

Professorial Research Fellow, Defence, Industries and Society, RUSI

Trevor Taylor is Professorial Research Fellow in Defence Management at the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall, London, where he co-directs up a research programme in Defence, Industries and Society, and he is a member of the Acquisition Focus group which publishes regularly in RUSI Defence Systems and the RUSI Journal. In addition, he is the Professor Emeritus at Cranfield University, where he still teaches, and where he was head of the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis from 1997 to 2009. He also works regularly for the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, teaching and undertaking research in defence acquisition. His career has linked the academic sphere with that of governmental and industrial professionals in defence, and he speaks and writes regularly at conferences on defence acquisition. A joint author of a book on UK defence industry, he was for six years an elected Council Member of the former Defence Manufacturers’ Association. He was previously Professor of International Relations at Staffordshire University and between 1990 and 1993 was head of the International Security Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London.  


Since 2010 he has given invited evidence to the House of Commons Treasury, Defence, Scottish Affairs and Public Administration Committees.


Selected recent publications


(with Henrik Heidenkamp, John Louth) , ‘Strategic Options: Defence Business at a Pivotal Moment’, RUSI Journal, April 2013


‘Que sera, Sera’: The UK and the F-35, RUSI Newsbrief, March 2013, Vol.33, No.2, pp.1-3, also available at


‘Pooling and Sharing: What projects offer the best chances of success?’, European Defence Matters , European Defence Agency, Issue 3, 2012, pp.39-41,  available at


(with RUSI Acquisition Focus Group), ‘The Defence Materiel Strategy and the GOCO Proposal for Abbey Wood’, RUSI Briefing Paper, July 2012


‘The limited capacity of management to rescue UK defence policy’, International Affairs, March 2012, Vol.88, No.2, pp.223-242


(with John Louth), The Destinations of the Defence Pound’, on the tax revenue implications of defence procurement, (




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